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Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy | [E. L. James]

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
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Publisher's Summary

Please note: This audiobook contains graphic adult content.

Random House Audio’s recording of Fifty Shades of Grey has been remastered in a new edition. If you've already purchased the audiobook, you can re-download the file from My Library to get the new audio.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of his success—multinational businesses, vast wealth, a loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

©2011 E L James (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

  • Finalist, GoodReads Choice Awards, Best Romance

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    Mary 08-20-13
    Mary 08-20-13

    Mary

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    "A few listens necessary"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Character development and the underlying fairy tale~
    Yes, the writing is repetitive, the narration like finger nails on a chalkboard at times and the descriptions cloying at times. However, once you get through your irritation about these you might find, like I did, some strong character development. I found Anna and Christian interesting. Of course they are unreal to a great extent but over the series Ms. James does manage to allow each of them some personal growth. For me, I knew so little about the BDSM "life style", I may have even learned a lot. Realistic? No idea.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The most obvious, of course, is Anna revealing her virginity.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Becca Battoe?

    Only and I mean ONLY if there was just one character would I subject myself to the torture of her extreme and unpleasant rendering of most of the characters other than Anna and even then the whininess could be grating.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending, of course.


    Any additional comments?

    Read or listen to the book like it is a fairy tale, full of extreme and repeated situations and some attractive characters. Don't worry about the literary value. Not the point.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather W. Brown Cleveland, NC United States 08-20-13
    Heather W. Brown Cleveland, NC United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2008

    Mad Mama

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    "It's not THAT bad..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hmmmmm...


    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    It just didn't seem to fit the story


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    While I don't think it was quite as bad as some of the previous reviewers claimed, it will certainly not make my favorites list. It did not live up to the hype in my opinion. And perhaps that is the issue for most. The expectations are simply too high.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Oakdale, CA, United States 08-18-13
    Janet Oakdale, CA, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Fascinating but too Much"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. Too much detail in the intimate scenes. I liked the narrator and the story line was OK, but overwhelming in places. I could have skipped the sex scenes


    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    She had a lot of expression in her voice. I still hear her saying "oh, my,"


    Was Fifty Shades of Grey worth the listening time?

    Yes and no. It was too long. It showed another world out there that has its psychoanalysis inspired by the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't read (listen) to it again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kristen Lawrenceville, GA, United States 08-14-13
    kristen Lawrenceville, GA, United States 08-14-13
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    "exactly what was expected"
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades of Grey in three words, what would they be?

    Verbal porn


    Would you recommend Fifty Shades of Grey to your friends? Why or why not?

    Depends what you are looking for. If they were looking for a literary masterpiece...keep looking. The author NEEDS a thesaurus...BAD. "Holy shit", "he murmurs", "Clambered" ugh. Other than that. I enjoyed it. It was sexy. On book 2 now! :)


    Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

    Kate


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    not really.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    celia brooklyn, ny, United States 08-10-13
    celia brooklyn, ny, United States 08-10-13
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    "great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. I would I love the listening to it a .I have read the book 10 time I still fall in love with it.so if anyone want to read it or even listen to it you should.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    the meet between Christine grey and anastacia steel they are the greats couple ever


    Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

    anastacia .they should have had a man telling the story also but all in all it wasn't that bad.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    all of it .but especial the part when she tells him she love him that part made me cry


    Any additional comments?

    I want to than the auther for writing such a wonderful book .I got the books for my birthday and I couldn't put it down [ EL.JAMES THANK YOU.]

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    80s rocker Portland Or 08-05-13
    80s rocker Portland Or 08-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Stupid....dont waste you time."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing ... maybe it just was a fad that made it to popular, cause the story was terrible.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    Yes, the reader did a fine job. Too bad the book was not that good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    All of them..


    Any additional comments?

    Dont waste your time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    anita cleveland, ohio, United States 08-04-13
    anita cleveland, ohio, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book wrong reader"
    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    Yes,I think it was a very good story line and I like Mr. Grey


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    When Anastasia first told him how she felt about Mrs. Robinson.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She didn't read the book in a way I could visualize the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes but not because of the reader the story was set up that way. And I had to go back and think about what she read to get it.


    Any additional comments?

    Next time there should be duo readers for something like this male and female

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 07-30-13
    Laura 07-30-13
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    "Awesome"
    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    This book kept me hanging on their every word. I was surprised at how good the story was. I really invested in the charachters and was stuck to my iphone while doing housework etc. Throughly entertaining!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    When Christian showed up at the apartment and spent the night with Anna


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Christian showed up at the apartment and spent the night with Anna


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Ottawa, IL, United States 07-16-13
    Richard Ottawa, IL, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Is this all there is?"
    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    Start over.


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Develop the characters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She did an alright job...it's the material she was reading.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I wouldn't cut them I would develop them.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't normally write reviews but this one is an exception. It was boring and poorly written. What's all the hype about? I don't mind the nature of the book...it was just boring and the characters were poorly developed. Unfortunately, I already bought the other two book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joelle SCHENECTADY, NY, United States 07-16-13
    Joelle SCHENECTADY, NY, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This was terrible."
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I couldn't give it more than 10 minutes of my life. Terrible story, bad performance, if I could give it less than 1 star I would.


    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

    No thank you.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    Hell no.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    All of them.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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